Wichita Teen Hopes To Revamp Defunct Park

By: AP posted by Amanda Lanum
By: AP posted by Amanda Lanum

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita teenager has launched a multi-million dollar campaign to renovate the city's long-closed amusement park.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/LROSkI ) that 18-year-old Alex East's project to restore the Joyland amusement park has raised about $6,000 from public donations. But that's a fraction of the $10 million East estimates will be needed to buy and renovate the 40-acre park.

His organization, Restore Hope Inc., recently got a boost when it was granted nonprofit status, which will allow it to apply for grants and accept tax-deductible contributions.

Joyland owner Margaret Spear ran the park for decades with her husband but closed it permanently in 2006.

The city's future role in the project - if any - remains unknown. But the city council turned down his request for $10 million last year.

Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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